June 13, 2017
“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31
William Tyndale was part of the reformation of the church in the 1500’s. Tyndale had a passion for the word of God, which led him to translate the Bible. One of William Tyndale’s most notable accomplishments was translating the Bible into English. His was one of the earliest translations into English that drew from the primary languages of scripture: Hebrew and Greek. Tyndale’s translation of the Bible was very bold. He put God’s name, Jehovah, in the rightful place, and he utilized the printing press to make the Scripture available to every person. In 1535, Tyndale was arrested by the church for his translation work. A year later, he was convicted of heresy by the church and sentenced to death by strangulation. Because of his boldness, we have complete access to the word of God.
It is amazing what one act of boldness can do. Tyndale was warned to stop his translation because it went against the church, but he saw the importance of everyone reading God’s word. The disciples had a similar situation in Acts 4. They were threatened and instructed to never speak the name of Jesus again. The threat was so strong, it drove the disciples into hiding. There, they spoke of the repercussions of obeying God over man. With their future uncertain, they turned to prayer. Something happened! Their prayers were quickly met with the power of the Holy Spirit. Something ignited inside of them; they experienced a unique boldness to proclaim the word of God.
Can you imagine where we would be today had the disciples not operated with unique boldness? What about if William Tyndale had not had unique boldness? Life would look completely different! There would be no limit to the power of the word of God. Are there areas in your life that require a unique boldness? God wants to use you to do something great. Step out and experience a unique boldness, and see what God can do through you.